ASLIA Queensland Committee 2018

The ASLIAQ committee is comprised of up to 9 members including a President, Secretary, Treasurer and committee members all whom are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Elections are held yearly, with all committee positions becoming vacant excluding the executive committee. The executive committee positions reflect a two (2) year term as to have at least two (2) remaining executive members continuing with the new committee. The executive position terms are paired as follows 1) commencing a term on the even years of election, President and Secretary 2) commencing a term on the odd years of election Vice President and Treasurer.

All Committee members work on a voluntary basis.

Download the nomination form to become a commuttee member here: ASLIAQ Nomination Form.pdf

President: Julie Tait

Julie has been working in Deaf Education since completing a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment & Language Disorders) in 1986.   She has worked in a support unit for Deaf students in a primary school, a specialist School for the Deaf before gaining NAATI Para-professional Accreditation in 1993.  Julie moved into the TAFE sector soon after, initially as an Auslan Interpreter, then as a Teacher of the Deaf and then as a Teacher/Consultant for Deaf Students in 2000.  Julie left TAFE after 15 years and relocated to Brisbane in early 2015.  Julie has been an active member of Disability Educators of NSW/ACT and ASLIA NSW.  Julie was the recipient of the ASLIA NSW Interpreter Advocate of the Year Award in 2011.  Julie has been a member of the Board of the Deaf Society of NSW since March 2014.  Julie recently completed the Graduate Diploma of Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University.  Julie is currently employed by Education Queensland supporting Educational Interpreters and Deaf students across South East Queensland.  Julie is an avid amateur photographer and is enjoying exploring her new city.


Vice President: Lesleigh Brennan

Lesleigh gained her initial "Level 2" qualification back in the day when there were no Auslan courses and no Interpreter training courses. After many years of experience primarily in the higher education sector she became brave enough to sit for her then "Level 3" accreditation which she gained in 1998, just prior to WFD here in Brisbane. Lesleigh is also a qualified teacher of the Deaf (also from long ago). She has upgraded these qualifications with a Post graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics from Griffith University. The first "not yet ASLIA" meeting was held with interested colleagues in her lounge room, many ( too many) years ago!. Lesleigh was an active member on the ASLIAQ Committee for many years, so having had a break, she has returned to the Committee with renewed vigor and excitement to work with and for colleagues this wonderful profession.

The "teacher" in Lesleigh has never died, and she also has presented workshops and delivered Interpreter Training over the years.


Treasurer: Duke Moolenaar

Duke gained his Para-Professional NAATI accreditation in 2013 after completing the Diploma of Interpreting course at Southbank Tafe in the same year. In 2016 gained his Professional NAATI accreditation and has just currently completed his transition to Certified Interpreter under the new NAATI Certification. He has worked as an Educational Interpreter from 2008 to 2017 across all year levels and currently works as Freelance Interpreter and a Video Relay Interpreter at Australian Communication Exchange.

Duke has been a committee member of ASLIA QLD since 2014, Nominated as Secretary in 2016 and in 2017 transitioned over to his current role as Treasurer.




Secretary: Megan Bytheway

Megan pursued interpreting after nearly 20 years working in the environmental sciences and corporate sustainability. She has been involved in the Deaf community since she was a youngster, and in 2014 completed the Diploma of Interpreting.  After 3 years working as a Paraprofessional Interpreter, she is now a NAATI Certified Provisional Interpreter and hasn’t looked back. She is continuing to develop her interpreting skills, studying the Graduate Diploma of Auslan-English Interpreting at Macquarie University.

Megan has been a member of ASLIA throughout her time as a working interpreter and loves working with others who are similarly committed to challenging themselves as professionals, and fostering continual improvement in the industry.



Committee Member: Anna Duncan

Anna Duncan has been working as a part time interpreter for many years in the Mackay region.  She completed a Diploma of Interpreting via distance mode in 2004 and then completed another Diploma of Interpreting in conjunction with NABS in 2010.  Anna also works as a Teacher of the Deaf for the Department of Education and Training and has worked in both primary and secondary schools for over 20 years. Originally from the Northern Territory, her interest in deaf education began as her mother taught deaf Aboriginal children in Central  Australia.  Last year she completed a Graduate Certificate in Auslan Studies at Griffith University which left her feeling there was still so much more to learn and more research to be done!  Anna loves travelling and is not fussy where she goes, she enjoys a good book when she gets a chance to read one or watching a movie as well as spending time with family and friends.

Anna joined the ASLIAQ committee hoping to support the provision of learning opportunities for those in regional areas.


Committee Member: Zane Hema

Zane is a practising sign language interpreter and interpreter teacher.  He originates from New Zealand, trained as a BSL interpreter in the UK and now lives in Brisbane, Australia where he is now a NAATI Accredited Certified Interpreter. He completed his teaching qualification in 1999 and then graduated in 2000 with a Post Graduate Diploma in BSL/English from the University of Central Lancashire.

Zane is a former ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters for England, Wales & Northern Ireland) National Chair 2001-2005; former Vice President of efsli (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters) 2002-2010; and former Secretary of WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters) 2005-2011.

He has taught on a range of interpreter training programs around the world and run numerous workshops around the world.


Committee Member: Kim-Ann Lyons

Hi, I’m Kim-Ann Lyons.  I come to formal interpreting at a later age.  I received my NAATI accreditation in 2010 at age 39.  So that proves it’s never too late… or better late than never.  I come from a client centred, customer service background from a variety of industries.  This skill set coupled with a lifetime exposure to Auslan, through my Deaf sister Julie and all her fabulous friends.  Married together (as they are allowed to be) to produce me, an Auslan interpreter.

I believe interpreting is a honourable profession and that we hold a very privileged position in Deaf people's lives.  

Doing service work on the ASLIAQ committee is a small way of saying thank you to both the Deaf and interpreting communities that provide me with my livelihood and a rich and valuable life experience.


Committee Member: Petra Svab

Petra has been involved in the Deaf Community since she was 3 years old, and has been working as a professional with Deaf Organisations for the last 35 years. Petra has also been involved with various committees in Adelaide and Sydney, and a major highlight for her was being named the President for the former NSWAD, now Deaf Australia (NSW) and Director Board of the Theatre of the Deaf.  After living in Sydney for 20 years, Petra moved to the Northern Country for 3 years which was a wonderful experience. She then moved to Brisbane where she is currently living and working as a Community Development Officer at Deaf Services Queensland.  After completing the Diploma of Interpreting through Access Training and Education in 2016 (under Deaf Services Queensland), Petra is now a qualified freelance Deaf Interpreter and is now NAATI credentialed as a Recognised Practising Deaf Interpreter.  Petra feels that Auslan is a beautiful language and loves to see many people using the language to communicate with various members of the Deaf Community. Petra is a strong advocate for the deaf community and passionate about ensuring that the Deaf and Hard of hearing community have access to services that meet their specific needs. Petra brings her knowledge and expertise to the ASLIAQ committee and looks forward to meeting many deaf and hearing interpreters.


Committee Member:  Brett Milton - Photo and Bio coming soon


ASLIA Board Director (QLD): Bernie Chapman

Bernadette (Bernie) Chapman began her career in 1980 as an undergraduate student in the field of ‘Recreation and Disability’ before she began focussing solely on work in the deafness sector in 1990. From 2001 to 2007 she was engaged as a community worker for Deaf Services Queensland where she was motivated to gain her interpreter accreditation, gaining her para-professional qualifications in 2004 and her Professional level in 2013.  Bernie has worked on a variety of Deaf related projects and publications for government and NGO’s in addition to working as a freelance interpreter. 

Bernie’s passionate belief in social justice and self-determination is the driving force behind all her work. She has a love of languages, and enjoys cycling, yoga, travel and literature. 

She is currently studying a Master of Applied Linguistics at University of Queensland.